Smith upset with Osborne’s lackluster loss to McNair
by Ericka Birdsong
MDJ Sports Writer
August 31, 2013 02:05 AM | 1055 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Osborne’s Craig Robinson (1) tucks the ball away and turns upfield looking for yards in the Cardinals 
28-7 loss to McNair on Friday. Osborne missed a chance to go 2-0 for the first time since 2001.
<BR>Special photo by John Silas
Osborne’s Craig Robinson (1) tucks the ball away and turns upfield looking for yards in the Cardinals 28-7 loss to McNair on Friday. Osborne missed a chance to go 2-0 for the first time since 2001.
Special photo by John Silas
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MARIETTA — Osborne had a chance to go 2-0 for the first time since 2001 with a win Friday, instead they left Cardinal Field with a 28-7 loss, and leaving coach Xarvia Smith less than pleased.

“(That was) the most disappointing loss I’ve ever had in my career, very flat,” Smith said.

The Cardinals scored first as Tra Wynn had a 5-yard touchdown run at 8:39 for a 7-0 first quarter lead. But that would last for just over 5 minutes as McNair answered with its first touchdown of the night.

The Cardinals were never able to regain momentum and watched as McNair put seven points on the board in each quarter.

Smith blames the loss on being overconfident after beating Chapel Hill last week, along with poor practices leading up to game day.

“All week long I’ve been trying to tell them,” Smith said. “They thought they were better than what they were and we had some bad practices, kids being selfish, unfocused. We got what we deserved.”

Smith also said, he thought they all overestimated the game plan as the Mustangs controlled the ball and kept them from getting started offensively. Smith added McNair outplayed his Cardinals, outcoached them, and were just better than them on Friday.

Wynn and quarterback Craig Robinson were not able to equal their big performances from a week ago. Wynn had 58 yards rushing on nine carries with one touchdown, while Robinson completed 6 of 18 passes for 100 yards, and he ran for 78 yards.

“We had several drops,” Smith said. “I’m sure we had four or five drops tonight. We had, I think, two touchdown drops. We just have to keep working at it and get better.”

Next week the Cardinals will host Campbell in their third straight home game, and Smith said he already knows his team will have to do much better if they plan to be in that game.

“Campbell is a very talented team,” he said. “They’re going to be a lot better than this team we faced tonight so you know we’ve got our hands full. It’s going to be tough for us.”

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September 01, 2013
can we get a box score and stat leaders from both schools
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